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Nature Education Resources

Bill Moyers' Journal. For 15 years, Kaiulani Lee has been touring around the country with the play she wrote and performs called A Sense of Wonder, a one-woman show in which Ms. Lee embodies biologist Rachel Carson circa 1963, just as her book 'Silent Spring' begins to get significant public attention. Here you can read the transcript of Moyers' interview with her or watch the video.

Canadian Biodiversity Institute helps schools transform their grounds into stimulating, biologically-diverse outdoor classrooms and healthy, enjoyable play and social spaces.

Children and Nature, presented by Hooked on Nature

Children with ADHD benefit from time outdoors enjoying nature, an article by Jim Barlow, life sciences editor of the Champaign-Urbana News Gazette.

The Children and Nature Network was created to encourage and support the people and organizations working to reconnect children with nature. The Network provides access to the latest news and research in the field and a peer-to-peer network of researchers and individuals, educators and organizations dedicated to children's health and well-being.

Freenotes are unique, custom made, handcrafted musical instruments that are easy to play and offer interactive fun for beginners and experts alike.

Go Green: Education for the Ecosystem. This site on education for the ecosystem includes a roster of green heroes, plus lesson plans, service-learning opportunities, a Go Green Database, and more.

Green Hour offers outdoor tips and ideas for parents and caregivers.

Greenheartsinc.org is a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to restoring and strengthening the bonds between children and nature.

Growing Up Wild stems from the Council for Environmental Education's award winning wildlife-based education program, Project WILD. In its 20 year history, over one million educators have participated in Project WILD training. Key components addressed in Project WILD include science and inquiry.

The Jane Goodall Institute advances the power of individuals to take informed and compassionate action to improve the environment of all living things. It publishes a newsletter called Roots and Shoots.

KinderNature is a resource for early childhood educators on nature education.

Learning with Nature Idea Book, a resource from Dimensions Educational Research Foundation.

Message in a Backpack: Spending Time Outdoors with Your Child is a parent/teacher handout from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. It is available in English and Spanish.

Mindstretchers is a young company, made up of a group of people who are dedicated to working in a multi sensory environment with children. We have worked together to design, produce and source a range of resources that will hopefully motivate and inspire children and adults to learn.

M.O.R.E. Nature is a collaborative initiative to bring more outdoor, nature-based play to the children of the Greater Omaha area.

National Arbor Day Foundation inspires people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. The Arbor Day Foundation partners with Dimensions to offer Nature Explore Classrooms.

Natural Teachers Network honors, supports and provides tools to educators who take their students outside to learn.

Natural Wonders is a guide to early childhood for environmental educators. The link will take you to a downloadable copy.

Nature Grounds: Putting Nature into Play. Access this great Web site to search for the right type of plant to grow in your play area. Search by region/state, plant type, and other variables. The database uses the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Hardiness Zone Map to determine specific categories of plant life capable of growing in a specified area.

The Nebraska Statewide Arboretum has as its mission to "enrich lives through the beauty and wonder of plants."

The Neem Foundation is a people's movement. It is an initiative that involves caring citizens of the world who would like to make a difference, who would like to lend their voices to turn the tide toward a greener, safer lifestyle.

Orion Magazine is the publication of the Orion Society. It is Orion's fundamental conviction that humans are morally responsible for the world in which we live, and that the individual comes to sense this responsibility as he or she develops a personal bond with nature.

The Outdoor Classroom Project has as its goal to increase the quantity, quality, and benefit of outdoor experiences for children, birth to five, in Los Angeles.

A Parents' Guide to Nature and Play is a concise, 20-page booklet written by Ken Finch for Green Hearts Institute for Nature in Childhood to help parents learn about what makes great nature play, why it is important, and how you can restore it to your children's daily lives.

Planet Earth Playscapes is an organization that creates one-of-a-kind, natural, community built, play and learning environments for children. The playscapes are a combination of free-flowing grassy hills, trees, sculptures, boulders, herbs, sand and water and more. They are safe, developmentally appropriate, and accessible for children of all abilities.

Project Learning Tree. Discover a multidisciplinary environmental education program created by the American Forest Foundation. Explore the website for a variety of resources developed for preK-12 students on topics ranging from forests, wildlife, and water to community planning, waste management, and energy.

Rainforestweb.org is a gateway to rainforest education information, including a collection of Web sites for children.

Time Out: Using the Outdoors to Enhance Classroom Performance—A School Readiness Guide for Teachers and Parents is a publication written by Kevin J. Coyle, Vice President of Education and Training for the National Wildlife Federation.

The mission of the World Forum Foundation is to promote an on-going global exchange of ideas on the delivery of quality services for young children in diverse settings. This mission is accomplished through convening gatherings of early childhood professionals around the world and by promoting the continuing exchange of ideas among participants.

For further information on nature education, contact Mary Beth Pistillo, training coordinator at the Early Childhood Training Center.

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